Barracuda Networks Launches Backup Virtual Appliance

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer  |  September 14, 2015

Barracuda Networks (News - Alert), a company that specializes in cloud storage and the creation of virtual appliances, recently announced the launch of its Barracuda Backup Virtual Appliance (Vx).

Backup Vx allows businesses to reduce their reliance on on-site hardware, which they may have felt the need to expand as part of future computing projects. The virtual appliance takes the place of additional hardware and uses virtualized storage space to compress and deduplicate data. This way, businesses can continue to upgrade their systems, collect more data, and back up their entire systems while forgoing the purchase of costly hardware.

Rod Mathews, the general manager of storage at Barracuda, commented in his company's announcement that the new Backup Vx is a perfect fit for companies that wish to move away from a reliance on physical infrastructure.

“Barracuda Backup Vx further expands the flexibility and virtualization support we're able to offer our customers, especially those who are moving away from physical infrastructure,” Mathews said. “Part of providing complete data protection means that we need to offer customers the option to deploy our products in a way that makes the most sense for their environments—whether that's in the form of a physical appliance, a cloud solution, or a virtual appliance.”

Backup Vx works in such a way that it can replicate data either into the Barracuda cloud or onto a physical system hosted at a client's personal site. Each customer can get exactly what they need and can potentially segment certain types of data to migrate to the cloud or remain on-premises.

TMC (News - Alert) has previously noted the growing need for off-site data backup and storage. While some companies may use data storage for simple data redundancy, Barracuda allows them to go one step further with compression and deduplication. This can reduce the overall strain on a business's computing systems both at home and in the cloud, and that can save them money across years of operation.

Barracuda has already displayed its new product at the VMworld 2015 conference and has made Backup Vx available on a limited basis. The company will expand to general availability this coming October.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino
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